West Bengal elections, Mamata’s fierce challenge to Nandigram courage: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tried to send a message to the people that she is not scared of the aggressive campaign of BJP nor is there any nervousness in her by showing her courage by jumping from the Nandigram seat. In a way, he has challenged his old ally Shubhendu Adhikari along with BJP.
When a big leader of the party and especially the Chief Minister contests from only one seat instead of two, he expresses his confidence and also affects the heart of the voters that he has full faith in them. However, Mamata’s decision to change the seat has raised the issue of her opponents that she has left her old seat for fear of defeat and has come to a seat considered safe. It is worth noting that in the 2016 election, Mamata won from Bhawanipur and then won her special warlord Shubhendu Adhikari from Nandigram seat.
Shubhendu left Mamata and challenged her after joining the BJP to show her that she would contest the election from Nandigram, her defeat is certain. Mamata, while accepting this challenge of her old colleague, has demonstrated her political maturity by taking two targets simultaneously.
If she had also contested from Nandigram from her old seat Bhawanipur, it would have sent a wrong message among the people. The voters of Nandigram felt that if they won from both the seats, it is obvious that they would resign from here and retain their old Bhawanipur seat. Opposition parties would also campaign against them and in that case their situation could be somewhat disastrous. So instead of taking the risk, Mamata has done the task of strengthening the position of her party more than before by taking the bold decision to fight only from one seat.
Often, big leaders have been taking advantage of the privilege of contesting elections from two seats simultaneously under the provision of the Indian People’s Representation Act. But usually they do this only when they realize that they are in danger in one seat, then try their luck from the other reserved seat. In the last Lok Sabha election, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi realized that he could lose the election from Amethi, hence contested from a seat considered as safe in Wayanad in Kerala.
It is obvious that Mamata would not have taken any decision to contest elections from only one seat. She has reached this conclusion only after guessing every kind of profit and loss. Anyway, East Midnapore district is considered a strong stronghold of Trinamool Congress and it has Nandigram seat. In the last assembly election, the TMC got 13 seats out of 16, the remaining three seats went to the Left Front account.